Restructuring, upgrading of Sarawak Native Court functions safeguards interests of native community

Michael (right) and his successor Jonathan in a brief ceremony on April 4, 2023.

KUCHING, April 5: Efforts to restructure and upgrade the functions of the Sarawak Native Court will provide more comprehensive benefits to the native community in Sarawak.

In a news report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas), outgoing Sarawak Native Court Chief Registrar Datu Michael Dawi Alli said the move would enable the Native Court to function as a robust, independent and self-governing judicial unit.

“We should continue to pursue the transformation of the Native Court and put it on par with other courts in Malaysia.

“The special position and privileges of the indigenous community of Sarawak should be recognised in the Constitution of Malaysia so that it is equal to the position of other Bumiputeras,” he said when speaking at a succession ceremony yesterday (April 4).

In the function, Michael handed over the duties and responsibilities of Chief Registrar of the Sarawak Native Court to his successor Jonathan Lugoh.

Micheal has served more than six years as the Chief Registrar of the Sarawak Native Court since taking over from Datu Ganie Ugay on March 1, 2017.

Also present was the Sarawak Native Court of Appeal president Datu Thomas Akin Jelimin. — DayakDaily